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Project lead
Professor Phil Hancock
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)/Professor
Business School Teaching and Learning
Business School
Team members
Hannah Wilkinson, Madeline Hermawan

Project outline

The aim of this project is to facilitate student integration and mentorship between domestic students and pre-articulation Chinese students. A selected group of UWA Bachelor of Commerce students will travel to China after a series of pre-departure sessions, including cross-cultural workshops and mentor training.

Once in China, they will experience the vastly different culture and language and be exposed to different learning styles and expectations at Chinese partner universities. By acting as mentors to their future peers and forming early friendships, domestic students will help ease transition for Chinese articulation students when they begin at the UWA Business School (UWABS), as well as encourage social and academic engagement.

UWABS Student Experience will then develop and host a public workshop/seminar on Chinese-Australian relations at UWA in collaboration with UWA student societies to encourage positive cross-cultural conversations amongst the wider community. Staff will gain insight through formal feedback and consultation sessions with participating students, furthering their understanding of how to best facilitate cross-cultural integration as part of a broader internationalisation and student engagement strategy.

Project findings

The UWABS China Immersion Tour was an overwhelming success, with impacts felt from the student level through to the broader University’s engagement and support strategies for Chinese articulating students. The student’s final reflective assessment, research essays and presentations showed unprecedented development, engagement, and level of sophistication. A key outcome from the tour was the creation of a separate UWA Chinese Articulation Orientation, for Semester 2 2016, directly designed and informed by the recommendations of the tour group.
A direct and unexpected benefit of strengthening the faculties’ relationships with partner universities and education agents was having one of the students returning to Shandong University to complete a Chinese intensive language program on a scholarship.The China Tour students continue to be active ambassadors for domestic and international student integration. The China Immersion Tour is pending approval to continue in 2017, the Global Learning Office has offered $1500 per student (10x) from the New Colombo Plan funding scheme.


  • Presented at the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Student Service Centres Conference 1 – 3 June 2016
  • Research submission presented at the Student, Transition, Achievement, Retention and Success (STARS – formerly FYHE) Conference 29 June – 2 July 2016.
  • China Tour Presentation: (not a formal publication).

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